Bonifazio de 'Pitati, c.1520-1540, The Adoration of the Shepherds.
While some councils in the UK may be trying to introduce non-religious 'Winter Festivals' this year, Birmingham is celebrating the true spirit of Christmas with a Nativity Art Trail through the City Council's Museum & Art Gallery.
Bishop William Kenney CP, Diocesan Administrator for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham, and the Right Rev Andrew Watson, Church of England Bishop of Aston opened the Trail on 27 November. The Lady Mayoress and other civic dignitaries attended. School children from Kingstanding, Harborne and Quinton sang carols.
The Nativity Trail highlight great masterworks in the city's collections depicting the Holy Family with works by Birmingham-born artists Edward Burne-Jones and Henry Payne.
Father Christmas will also make an appearance and will be at the Museum every weekend until Christmas. The Museum will also be collecting gifts for Birmingham Children's Hospital.
The Nativity Art Trail is just the beginning of a series of Christmas events from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. For more information go to: www.birmingham.gov.uk/christmas.